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Exploring the Diaconate

The Institute for Diaconal Studies invites all men who feel the gentle nudge of the Holy Spirit to attend an Exploring the Diaconate session. It is a time to pray, discuss and learn more about the discernment process and the formation program that aspirants and candidates pursue.

Here are the upcoming sessions:

Nov. 14, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. at SS Cyril and Methodius, 608 Sobieski St., Lemont. Meeting will be in the school basement.

Dec. 5, Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Eugene, 7958 W. Foster Ave., Chicago. Meeting will be in the School Annex, Room 110.

For more information, call (847) 837-4564.


Buckets of Hope for Hurricane Harvey victims

Hope’s on the Way will again respond to Hurricane Harvey’s disaster with a goal of 1,000 Buckets of Hope filled with14 cleaning items.

Following is a list of the 14 items.

• 2 liquid household cleaner 12 to 16 oz. cleaner to be mixed with water (NO BLEACH).

• 1 dish soap 16 to 28 oz. bottle any brand.

• liquid laundry detergent 2 – 25 oz. or 1 – 50 oz. bottle.

• 1 can of air freshener (aerosol or pump).

• 18 cleaning wipes or reusable wipes. (No terry cleaning towels).

• 7 sponges (no cellulose due to mold issue).

• 5 scouring pads ( no pads of any kind that will rust).

• 1 scrub brush- plastic or wooden handle (no toilet bowl or kitchen brushes).

• clothes line ( 2 - 50-foot or 100-foot cotton or plastic).

• 50 clothes pins.

• 2 pair of disposable waterproof gloves (rubber or plastic).

• 1 pair of work gloves- leather palms necessary.

• 24 heavy-duty trash bags (30 to 45- gallon size).

• 5 dust masks

NOTE: We find that most items are $1 at Dollar Tree stores.

For those wishing to make a monetary contribution to support the purchase of cleaning supplies, $30 is the average cost of a bucket with lid and 14 cleaning items.
Checks should be made out to Hope's on the Way and mailed to:

Office of the Diaconate
Hurricane Harvey 2017
816 Marengo Ave.,
Forest Park, IL 60130



Women's Day of Reflection

A Women's Day of Reflection will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Carmelite Spiritual Center in Darien. The theme will be a "Grateful Heart" and will be led by Deacon Dave Brencic.

Cost is $10 and includes continental breakfast, refreshments and lunch. To register, call the Diaconate Office at (708) 366-8900.


Diaconate Retreats

The following retreats have been scheduled at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House.

Jan. 5-7:
Deacon couples retreat led by Deacon Mark Duffey
Feb. 9-11: Spanish deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Rene Mena
March 16-18: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Mike Ahlstrom
April 13-15: Deacon wives and widows retreat
April 27-29: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Ezequiel Sanchez
May 4-6: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr. Mike Knotek
May 18-20: Deacon retreat led by Fr. Kevin Hays
June 1-3: Deacon couples retreat led by Fr.Bob Miller
June 8-10: Spanish couples retreat led by Fr. Jamie Mueller

All retreats begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will conclude on Sunday before lunch.
To register for a retreat, call (847) 566-6060. For more information, visit


Ministry Award winners

The winners of this year's Ministry Awards are, from left, Deacon Gerald Keenan,
St. Stephen, the Deacon Award; Deacon William Doerr, St. Philip Award for Evangelization; Deacon Kevin and Anita O'Donnell for Couple's Ministry; Gloria Askew, St. Priscilla Award; and Deacon Richard Voytas, St. Lawrence Award for ministry to the poor. Not pictured is Deacon John Connor who also won the St. Lawrence Award. The awards were announced at the Diaconate Convocation 2017.

Photo courtesy of Deacon Hans Goeckner


List of Spiritual Directors

The Office of the Diaconate has compiled a list of Spiritual Directors who are willing to meet with deacons and wives of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

When meeting with the Spiritual Director make sure to ask what the stipend for their service will be.




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Spanish Deacon Couples Retreat
Start Date/Time: Friday, September 08, 2017 6:30 PM
End Date/Time: Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Recurring Event: One time event
Importance: Normal Priority

Spanish Deacon Couples Retreat led by Fr. Rodolfo Ramirez at Strich Retreat House

Owned by Dave Brencic On Tuesday, July 18, 2017




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Death of Deacon Donald Palmer

We are saddened to announce the death of Deacon Donald Palmer, class of 1999. Deacon Palmer, 68, died November 8, 2017.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. Thursday, November 16, at St. Peter Claver Church, 14139 S. Claire Blvd., Robbins.
A funeral Mass will follow at noon at St. Peter Claver.

Deacons are invited to vest in alb and white archdiocesan stole.

Please keep the Palmer family in your thoughts and prayers.

May his soul and all of the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.


Deaths in our community

Deacon Donald Palmer, class of 1999, died Nov. 8, 2017
Deacon William Lehman, class of 1988, died Nov. 3, 2017
Deacon John Nolan, class of 1985, died Oct. 25, 2017
Deacon James Gaughan, class of 2001, died Oct. 11, 2017
Pat Enger, wife of Deacon Mike Enger, class of 1999, died Oct. 9, 2017
Deacon Henry "Pete" Morrissey, class of 2001, died Sept. 23, 2017
Gladys Richardson, mother of Deacon Lendell Richardson, class of 2006
Deacon Morris Bohannan, class of 1985, died Sept. 3, 2017
Deacon Herbert Drazba, class of 1975, died Aug. 27, 2017
Deacon Terry Dineen, class of 1978, died Aug. 26, 2017
Mary Ellen Condill, wife of Deacon Jim Condill, class of 1979, died Aug. 13, 2017
Deacon James Gallagher, class of 1982, died Aug. 5, 2017
Deacon Joseph Brady, class of 1977, died July 26, 2017
Deacon Miguel Garcia, class of 1995, died July 4, 2017
Deacon Ted Lisowski, class of 1974, died June 21, 2017
Deacon John Zurawski, class of 1986, died May 22, 2017
Deacon Philip Bertolani, class of 2003, died May 14, 2017
Deacon Benito Velasco, class of 1986, died May 13, 2017
Deacon Roman Revering, class of 1984, died May 3, 2017
Deacon Duke Vemich, class of 1976, died April 13, 2017
Deacon Michael O'Malley, class of 2002, died April 11, 2017
Patricia Gniech, wife of Deacon George Gniech, class of 1986, died March 27, 2017
Dorothy Tryba, widow of Deacon Edmund Tryba, class of 1972, died March 26, 2017.
Patricia Szostak, wife of Deacon Jerry Szostak, class of 2013, died Feb. 16, 2017
Carol Winter, wife of Deacon Edward Winter, class of 2003, died Feb. 10, 2017
Deacon James Cozzo, class of 2002, died Feb. 4, 2017
Deacon Robert O'Keefe, class of 1984, died Jan. 31, 2017
Mary Kay McGorey, wife of Deacon Tom McGory, class of 1979, died Jan. 30, 2017
Julia Hernandez, wife of Deacon Sigfredo Hernandez, class of 1986, died Jan. 26, 2017
Nelda Dunn Foggie, wife of Deacon Willie Foggie Jr., class of 1986, died Jan. 6, 2017

Please keep all the faithful departed and their families in your prayers.

Updated  11/9/17


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